And while you’re at it, I’m also *sure* I don’t need any crayons or highchairs…but thanks for offering.
It’s become our standard line as we enter a restaurant…”A table for four, and no children’s menus or toys, please.”
I realize that catches some folks off-guard, but the question, “Are you SURE???” kind of cracks me up.
Yes, I’m quite certain what I want my children to have.
In a million ways I feel lucky to have twins, and their ability to split an adult entrée is no small side benefit.
Since the girls graduated to solid foods, I have been adamant that they eat what we eat.
When we go to a Mexican restaurant, they eat Mexican food…not chicken fingers. When we go to a Thai restaurant, they eat Thai food…not hot dogs. When we treat ourselves to a beautiful steak or lovely fish, they eat steak or fish…not a hamburger with macaroni and cheese. If nothing else, I can usually "assemble" a veggie plate of side dishes, if need be.
I do occasionally look at the children’s menu, and 9 out of 10 times, I’m pretty disgusted by it. Even at finer dining establishments, there are so often less-than-fine options for children.
I pride myself on our family’s diet. I cook as much “real” food as I can, and we eat tons of fruits and veggies. It’s what our girls know…and it’s what our girls love. And I’m very proud of that, too.
If more restaurants offered kid-sized portions from their regular menu, I’m sure I would change my tune. Until then, I’ll continue to be thankful that my girls can split an entrée, and that to date I’ve been able to sell them on the same menu item. (I’ll also note my thanks that a reminder, “We can color when we get home,” hasn’t been met with balking. Knock on wood!)
[I guess I’m feeling a little soapbox-y right now, coming off our trip to Cincinnati. We usually only eat out once a week, but we were in restaurants for almost three straight days last week. It seemed I got the “Are you SURE???” question numerous times…surpassing cracking me up to downright annoying me.] ;)